Kristaps Porzingis is one of those players whose reputation has changed wildly from season to season. Playing for the New York Knicks a young Porzingis was likely overrated, while an injury-riddled Porzingis clashed with Rick Carlisle and was underrated when the Dallas Mavericks dumped him on the Washington Wizards at the 2022 Trade Deadline.
Now Porzingis is heading to the Boston Celtics, which will thrust him fully into the spotlight. Rather than try his hand as an unrestricted free agent, Porzingis will opt into his $36 million player option to allow the deal to go through.
The Washington Wizards are fully embracing their rebuild
That’s two stars sent out of town, and with Kyle Kuzma declining his player option to hit unrestricted free agency, the slate is wiped clean in Washington. The Celtics make a big swing at center, while the Grizzlies buy high on a point guard who can also solve their wing defense needs.
How did each team fare in the deal? Let’s grade this trade from every angle, starting with the Western Conference participants.